Mel Jones /// Make Better Choices /// E038


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Mel Jones is a multi-talented producer and director. A Howard University graduate, she earned her MFA at the American Film Institute in Producing. Jones worked in development at Participant Media under producer Jonathan King and marketing guru Ricky Strauss. A Project Involve Fellow, Jones assisted veteran producer and LA Film Festival director, Stephanie Allain – a gig which turned into a five-year stint as producer of Diversity Speaks, one of the festival’s signature programs. She served as Associate Producer on Justin Simien’s Sundance hit, Dear White People, as a Producer on Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus’ French Dirty, Gerard McMurray’s Burning Sands and Clark Johnson’s Juanita a Netflix Original. She made her directorial debut with Leimert Park, an indie episodic that premiered at Sundance 2018. She is President of Production for Homegrown Pictures.

…just start with yourself and realize that you’re not perfect…
— Mel Jones

Topics we cover:

  • Social Justice being a Choice

  • Growing up in Virginia

  • Her dad's impact to her desire to tell stories

  • Her time at Howard

  • Her time in Thailand

  • Impact Discovery had on her career

  • Living in the "Hood" and her perspective of it

  • Gentrification and HBCU going away from their roots

  • Importance of Intuition

  • Masculinity and Femininity

  • Lemert Park, it's release and why it was delayed at the time



  • HBCU

    • Which university is 85% white?

  • Definition of Hood

  • HBCU Story Tiago at Moorehouse

  • 'Dear White People'

  • 'Lemert Park'




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